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campaign. i've written about three or four times in my life and i never cease to be amazed. karl rove would have been impressed. they needed, i mean, most of the elite, political elite, only a third of white adult men owned slaves in the south at this point, and most of them didn't own very many, but the political elite that was orchestrated this, especially in the deep south, they were asked in a confident that they could do this, and they believed that it would be able to pull it off. and they didn't have any trouble aligning each other, but the real challenge for them was that this was theoretically a white man's democracy. every adult white men got to vote. there weren't many property qualifications less. so they have to do this by in electoral means. they had to sell it, they had to win an election. and they were not at all confident about that, and i was in a credible amount of violence and intimidation. it was also and even here in south carolina they pulled it off. they called a convention and voted of secession. by lunchtime on the first day. completely unanimous. that's how they w
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